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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1138 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Ken Baston

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 October 2019


1138. Hon KEN BASTON to the Minister for Ports:

I refer to the pedestrian walkway alongside the port of Broome, which has been partially closed for some time.

(1) Could the minister please advise whether a time frame is in place for reopening the pedestrian walkway?

(2) If yes to (1), what is the time frame?

(3) What work is required to prepare the walkway for reopening, and what is the estimated cost?


(1)–(3) I thank the member for the question, and I recognise that the issue of access at the port is a real one. The first 180 metres of the walkway was reopened in September 2017, at a cost of $527 000. I understand that the costing of the remainder of the walkway is about $800 000. We have recently appointed a new CEO of the port authority. We are hoping that we will get a good engagement with the Shire of Broome. Coming with our recent announcement of the Kimberley marine supply base, we have to do a lot of thinking about what we are going to do for public access in the Broome port, and what alternatives there might be. We have had some very interesting dialogue with the Shire of Broome about this. We are very conscious of this issue. It is a work in progress, and it needs some new thinking.